Dental Hygiene Degree (A.A.S.)

The A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene is a five-semester program training students in the practice of dental hygiene care. Contemporary practice requires hygienists to have knowledge and skills in several areas including oral prophylaxis (cleaning), patient education, examinations and administering anesthesia. Graduates find work in many settings: offices, clinics, hospitals, military installations and more. Most work as hygienists but alternate career fields include sales, research and education. After completing their coursework, students will be qualified to take their national, regional and state licensure examinations. This is a selective admission program; a separate application process is required. Upon acceptance, a student may take the “Program Specific Courses”. To view application details, visit

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Keep patients’ teeth clean and prevent oral disease
Educate patients on good oral health
Find a high-demand job in a growing market
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

In-district Tuition: $11,430.00*
Out-of-district Tuition
: $16,020.00*
Average Length: 4.2 Years
Credits: 90*
Median Salary: $70,860*
Graduation Retention Rate: 95%*

Possible Careers

Dental hygienist
Sales representative

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
Pre-Admission Requirements
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Rebecca Carceres
Dental Hygiene Program Director


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